The two most controversially-named teams in baseball have completed a trade, and sent former Minnesota Twin outfielder Eddie Rosario from Cleveland to Atlanta.
The Twins let Eddie Rosario walk this winter rather than pay him a likely $12 million in arbitration. He signed with Cleveland on a one-year deal for $8 million instead. Cleveland, having a bad year as well, apparently just wanted Rosario off their payroll.
They traded him to Atlanta for Pablo Sandoval. Yeah that guy. He’s apparently still playing. Although “playing” might be a relative term, as he is expected to have very little actual use to the Cleveland baseball organization.
The Indians have traded Eddie Rosario and cash to Atlanta in exchange for Pablo Sandoval.— Mandy Bell (@MandyBell02) July 30, 2021
Rosario is going to be out for a few more weeks. The Braves are expected to pay some of his remaining contract.
At this point, Sandoval isn’t expected to play a big role for Cleveland.
Sandoval is slated to earn to $1 million this year, so even though Cleveland is sending money to Atlanta in the deal, this is clearly just a move to help pad the Dolan family bottom line. I guess they have to pay for those fancy new logos somehow.